Feb. 13th, 2009 01:41 pm
phamos: (eyes)

A woman who was an inspiration to me died last night. I am having intermittent crying jags. The world is a better place because she was in it, and is a poorer place for her loss.

I really just don't know what else to say.

phamos: (bruce)
Am I a terrible person because I'm not paralytically crushed by the untimely demise of Tim Russert? I mean, I'm sad in the sense that it's horrible he died so young, and he seemed like a good person, and it's sad for his family and friends and everything. But I certainly don't think he was OMGZ TEH BESTEST JOURNALIST EVAR! Do I think he was seriously holding people's feet to the fire when he would find one contradictory thing they'd said once and then the rest of the interview let them repeat their talking points uncontested? No, I don't. Do I give two shits that Buffalo lost one of its supposed strongest advocates or whatever? No, I don't. I thought Meet the Press was a good show back in the late '90s, but it had sorta tapered off over time as the show became more about Tim Russert and his Tim Russertness. That new focus probably had to do with his success as an author and the increasingly accepted idea that he was singularly qualified to hand out folksy homegrown advice because he came from South Buffalo and his father was a gruff but wise Irish war veteran. Honestly, I feel like every commentary of his that I saw or read in the last ten years or so amounted to "Blah blah political process Buffalo Irish bootstraps Bills blah di blah Big Russ." It really wasn't as insightful or "man of the people"-y as everyone is suddenly making it out to be. And I'm not sure what exactly he did for Buffalo that was so great other than constantly repeat silly stereotypes. Did he come back to the city and contribute anything to keep it from falling into its current ruined state? No, he sat in DC and used Buffalo's failings as a prop for his personal mythology.

From my understanding, Tim Russert was a good man who loved his family and was extremely committed to his job and a variety of sports teams. His death is sad, as most all deaths are sad, and sadder for the fact that it came at a relatively young age. But the idea that he's suddenly St. Russert, or that he was somehow an "advocate" for Buffalo just because he perpetuated this idealized notion of its plucky industrial underdoggedness, is kinda silly and kinda annoying.
phamos: (gonzotwirl)
Thank you, Tom Brady, for helping me get over my lingering Giants resentment for Super Bowl XV. For the first time in 17 years, I am able to say GO GIANTS WOOOOOOOOOOOO! IN YO PRETTY BOY FACE!
phamos: (childhood)
When I was a very little girl, there was a bakery down the street from my house where my mother and I would go and buy cookies. (It was in an old house right next to Panos, if that means anything to anyone reading this.) I am suddenly craving their pumpkin cookies. It's been more than 20 years since the place closed, and I can still taste them. Want. Can't have. Bogus
phamos: (posers)
Enjoy the new book about the single most important publication in teen girl history. Sassy changed their lives? It changed mine, too. I'm sure I've written about Sassy on here before at some point, so I won't babble for too long. But I was weird in middle school. Sassy taught me that it was cool to be weird. And even if that mentality has bubbled over to unfortunate effect into the totally overwrought hipster scene, it doesn't change the fact that some funky 20-something girls in New York once told me that it was OK to wear Docs or Birkenstocks and listen to Liz Phair and dye your hair with Kool-aid (although they didn't recommend the latter, just for the sticky-and-impractical factor). It's hard to overstate how revolutionary that was for a gawky, dorky 12-year-old girl at a private school in Buffalo. I know many of you can relate.
phamos: (neverendingpeter)
I recently watched the whole second season of Robot Chicken. Other than a brief "You suck, Scott Norwood!" joke (which made me bust out laughing), this was the best thing in it:

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Jan. 25th, 2005 11:46 am
phamos: (childhood)
casa di pizza was the pizza place a block away from my house. it's the best pizza in the world. no, seriously. sometimes i dream about it. when i go back to buffalo, it's often motivated more by the thought of eating casa di pizza than it is seeing my relatives. the pepperoni is toasted just so. the sauce has just the right amount of sweetness. and the cheese! my god, the cheese! so fresh! so gooey! ahhhh! segev can vouch for the pizza. he may not have quite the level of adoration for it that i do, but he admits -- it's some DAMN good pizza.
phamos: (flat albert)
[ profile] tsarin asks about ignignot. ignignot is a mooninite. the mooninites are characters on aqua teen hunger force. the other mooninite's name is ur. ignignot is more fun to say.

[ profile] bugboy3001 wants to know about beef on weck, and i am reminded that i have two roast beef-related interests, which may seem kind of weird. beef on weck is a western new york specialty. it's roast beef on kimmelweck roll. kimmelweck is a kind of german bread with salt all over it. the roll is dipped in gravy, so the meat and the bread sorta smoosh together. apparently, you have to be raised eating it to really dig it. segev doesn't like it. then again, he never had it at schwabel's, which is to beef on weck what the anchor bar is to buffalo wings. that sentence made no sense to people not from buffalo, i think. the anchor bar is the bar where buffalo wings were invented. so i guess the comparison isn't so apt, given that beef on weck wasn't invented at schwabel's. that's just sorta the infamous place to get yourself some genuine beef on weck. the door to the kitchen is open, so you see roast after steaming roast being cooked. yeah, i guess this is all really weird if you're not from buffalo.
phamos: (highschool)
i am listening to million you never made. it smells like stale cloves in allentown.

who gives?

Mar. 19th, 2004 03:57 pm
phamos: (political)
i somehow managed to stumble upon the master list for all of the manhattan political contributions. some fun ones:

-jann wenner of rolling stone apparently threw a lot of money in the air to see where it would fall. he gave money to kerry, dean, edwards, and clark.
-gary trudeau trashed dean in doonesbury, then gave him a bunch of money to make up for it.
-harvey weinstein tends a little more conservative, probably because he has so much money. he gave money to edwards and gephardt.
-donald trump knows how to cover his ass: he gave to both kerry and bush.
-uma thurman gave $2000 to kerry, while her father, robert thurman, buddhist extraordinaire, gave $750 to dean. some intrafamily tensions?
-michael douglas shows his age and donates to gephardt.
-puffy gave money to al sharpton, but under his profession, he wrote "entreperneur". i just found that funny. way to spell, p.
-only one person in the whole city donated $2000 to carol mosely braun
-steve buscemi gave to wes clark. i always knew i liked steve buscemi.
-some famous donors for bush? well, bloomberg gave $2000, but i'm sure that was purely political and he hated having to do it. pseudo-famous people who gave? richard parsons of aol time warner and john negroponte. and henry kissinger gave, but that's a no-brainer.
-russell simmons gave to al sharpton, john edwards, and dick gephardt, but kimora only gave to sharpton. russell is apparently more realistic than his wife.
-i found a donation to john edwards from sanjay h. patel. that sounds suspiciously like good old hiroo, but it said he lived on park avenue, and that can't be right.

and some donors from buffalo that i know?
-roger desforges gave to dean.
-dave pfalzgraf gave to edwards. mimi's favorite young republican has swung a little more liberal with age.
-my pediatrician gave $50 to dean.
-bob gioia is the only old-school nichols name to give money, donating to gephardt. no sign of any gelmans, walshes, or high placed nicholsites such as rick bryan, karen whistler, or jock mitchell.

i am boring.
phamos: (Default)

leslie fiedler died.

i am very sad that obit didn't end his list of accomplishments with "he was larry desautels' next-door neighbor," because that's how i always thought of him.

i literally didn't know he was famous until i was in college. and then to have him name-dropped on the sopranos? that's a phenomenally obscure six-degrees of separation from gangsterjunkiedoppelgangerben.


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